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Old September 23, 2012, 06:24 AM   #26
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I decided that I will go with the Ruger mini 223 because I can use it for target practice and self defense for home. I will also purchase the 223 Rem 55 gr TAP® FPD™ for HD. The mini Tactical rifle has a shorter barrel length of 16.12"
, the Ranch Rifle has a barrel length of 18.50".
The only problem is the Tactical Rifle only comes in Alloy Steel, not Stainless Steel. I do like the Stainless Steel, but will be adding 2 more inches if I get the Ranch Rifle SS. I really don't know if 2 more inches makes a big difference.

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Old September 23, 2012, 06:37 AM   #27
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I had a Mini 14 until last year. My 2 cents is - buy the Mini 14 because ammo is cheaper so you can shoot more(it is a fun gun)! Stick to only Ruger factory mags. Other brands have a tendancy to miss feed. My Ruger never did.
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Old September 23, 2012, 06:38 AM   #28
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Good decision on the mini! Shorter barrel means better manuverability indoors, and if used outdoors stainless tends to mirror light more, not very tactical. JMHO
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Old September 23, 2012, 07:17 AM   #29
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Would I need to worry about rust with the Alloy steel

Would I need to worry about rust with the Alloy steel 16.12" tactical?
compare to the SS one?
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Old September 23, 2012, 10:37 AM   #30
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There are stainless Tacticals out there---you just have to find one.

Check out model #5819

http://ruger.com/LE/products/mini14R...le/models.html
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Old September 23, 2012, 11:22 AM   #31
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Thanks

Thanks I found the one....patrol rifle in SS, 16.15 inch barrel.

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